There’s two things about getting old. One, it’s a literal pain. Literally. Two, the nostalgia is much improved. As an original Mac user I can reminisce with the best.
Those were the days. Tiny, 9-inch black and white display. We were young back then, so squinting was an option. The original 128k Mac shipped with two basic apps. MacWrite and MacPaint. What are the Mac OS X counterparts?
That Was Then, This Is Now
Our modern Macs costs less and are many times more powerful, stable, and secure. Mac users back in the day had MacWrite, MacPaint, and the crash bomb. Today, Mac users have more apps, but nothing to draw or paint.
There’s Safari, Mail, iCal, Address Book, and iLife (just to mention a few).
How does TextEdit compare to MacWrite?
It’s not a comparison. TextEdit is vastly superior to the apps that started the Mac revolution. We have more fonts, betters screens, color, kerning, and scads of text options.
What we don’t have is a built-in app that’s comparable to the original black and white MacPaint, circa 1984 (yes, I’m that old).
Paintbrush Goes Back To The Future
Set your Mac for 1984 and fire up the Flux Capacitor, it’s deja vu all over again. MacPaint lives in Paintbrush, a free Mac app that does what we only dreamed of way back in the last century.
From what I can see, Paintbrush has only one reason for living. To relive the glory years of MacPaint, but with color and tools. Now, instead of dreaming of how life would be without Photoshop, you can relive the experience of MacPaint, but in a 21st century way.
Are you not aching to recreate digital images such as this?
Paintbrush fills in the gap left by the death of MacPaint.
Look at the tools. Don’t you love tools?
Most major image formats can be opened and saved in Paintbrush, including .png, .jpg, .tiff, .gif, .bmp, and .png. Even transparency support is available for .gifs and .pngs.
Images can be pasted from most Mac apps, and can be resized, cropped, zoomed.
Tools? It was all black and white and pixel by pixel back in 1984.
Paintbrush has tools, including a Stroke slider, Airbrush, Eyedropper, Zoom, Rounded Rectangle, and everything the original MacPaint had. Yes, even Eraser.
How is it better than the original MacPaint? There’s no crash bomb, there’s color, there’s more tools, more image formats, better inline text and resizing, and more.
Since your Mac doesn’t come with MacPaint, and since TextEdit is so much better than the original MacWrite, Paintbrush helps bring the past to life with a tool that not only invokes nostalgia and embarrassment (Photoshop users may snicker), it does so for free and in color.